Wishes was published in The Fairy Changeling and Other Poems (1897).
Vincent van Gogh, Four cut sunflowers, 1887
I wish we could live as the flowers live,
   To breathe and to bloom in the summer and sun;
To slumber and sway in the heart of the night,
   And to die when our glory had done.

I wish we could love as the bees love,
   To rest or to roam without sorrow or sigh;
With laughter, when, after the wooer had won,
   Love flew with a whispered good-bye.

I wish we could die as the birds die,
   To fly and to fall when our beauty was best:
No trammels of time on the years of our face;
   And to leave but an empty nest.

Wishes was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Sun, Sep 15, 2019


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